A big thanks goes to Eudora residents and businesses responding to the "Rally 'Round the Flag, Eudora!" campaign which began Memorial Day. There has been a noticeable increase of U.S. flags flying in Eudora and the surrounding area. However, we are far from our goal of seeing a flag at every Eudora residence or business. Whether the flag is 3x5 inches or 3x5 feet makes no difference. Smaller flags may be placed on a front porch, on a hand railing or in a flower pot.
A patriotic kickoff will begin Dec. 7 on the 60th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Soon to follow will be the anniversaries of the battles (among others) of Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, D-Day, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the treaty signifying the end of World War II aboard the USS Missouri.
Those who cannot latch on to the patriotic spirit we are attempting to arouse should view "Pearl Harbor" that is currently showing in movie theaters. My father, Max, was a sailor stationed aboard the USS Tracy at Pearl Harbor. He was a survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, referred to as a "Day of Infamy" by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Max found it extremely difficult to talk about the attack. The "Pearl Harbor" movie closely resembled the two hour attack, as described by my father. After the attack in the movie, there is a scene lining the 2,300 coffins inside the hangars, along the docks, sidewalks and airfields. Every coffin was draped with a U.S. flag. This scene put a big lump in my throat and tears came into my eyes as I realized the living hell my father had experienced that day. Many people watching the movie, especially young people, quickly gained a new respect and pride for the stars and stripes.
We would like to see a tremendous display of U.S. flags flown in and around Eudora this Fourth of July. Big flags and little flags, residences and businesses, we're counting on you to "Rally 'Round the Flag, Eudora!" Proudly display your flag this holiday. We encourage you to bring a flag to the Eudora Fireworks Display, maybe tie a small U.S. flag to your antenna, wear a t-shirt displaying a U.S. flag, bring red, white and blue balloons, or at least wear red, white and blue clothing. Be proud and let everyone know we live in the land of the freeand the home of the brave!
Rex C. Burkhardt